Baltimore Orioles Top Prospects: Who Was Hot and Who Was Not, 2011 Season

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Baltimore Orioles Top Prospects: Who Was Hot and Who Was Not, 2011 Season
Manny Machado entered the year as the top prospect, but was outshined by several other players.

The Orioles began the season with so much promise. Not only with their improved, more veteran big-league roster, but also in terms of their farm system. 

With Manny Machado, the team's first-round selection from the 2010 draft, they had one of the top position prospects in baseball, and with Zach Britton, a third-rounder from 2006, they had one of the top pitching prospects.

For those two players, the season was a wash.

Machado got off to a hot start, drawing four walks in his third career start, before an injury cost him nearly a month. When he returned, he was good, but not great. In fact, he paled in comparison to the Orioles top hitter of the year (featured in the next slide). He earned an expected promotion to Frederick where again, he was good, but not jaw-dropping. He ended the season with a .257 average, 11 homers and 50 RBI. 

Britton didn't see the majors until late in the season, making the most of a Brian Matusz injury, and made 24 starts with the big-league club. He wore down as the season did, and eventually was shuffled all the way back to Double-A. He worked his way back up and has looked strong, earning his ninth victory and lowering his ERA from the 4.66 that it peaked at in early August.

Luckily for the front office and for O's fans, there were plenty of players to pick up the slack.

The team added Dylan Bundy in this year's first-year player draft, but it was Dylan's older brother Bobby who really shone the brightest on the mound, locking down pitcher of the year honors. Bundy had company in the pitching department, most notably from Oliver Drake, Daniel Klein and Tim Bascom.

So, without further ado, let's examine who were the best (and worst) players in the Orioles farm system this year.

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